GREENWOOD — Richard Winn Academy, the defending SCISA champions, saw its bid for a championship repeat go up in flames in Greenwood.
“A 9-4 season is pretty good by anybody’s standards, and so we feel good about that. It’s just not where we wanted to be. But at the same time we felt good about it. We made it to the semifinals of the state playoffs, and you can’t be upset with that,” Coach Dan Dickerson said of his team’s season.
The two teams met earlier in October, and Greenwood blew the Eagles out. This match-up started off a little closer.
Greenwood got on the board first, but 13 seconds later the Eagles were right behind them, scoring on an 80-yard John Coleman rush.
Coleman had a 174 yards on the ground on just 10 attempts, and two touchdowns. Webb Yongue also joined the rushing party with a 186 yards on 10 attempts, with two rushing touchdowns of his own.
The first quarter ended in a neck-and-neck battle, with Greenwood up 14-12, and looked like a completely different game than the last.
In the second quarter the Greenwood Christian Hawks attempted to pull away. They beat Richard Winn up and wore them out with long drives, and capped those off with short touchdowns.
Greenwood scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, and then later in the quarter on a 2-yard touchdown run.
Gunnar Hensley and John Coleman connected on a 32-yard touchdown to get the Eagles right back in the game, before the end of the half.
Coleman broke off another massive touchdown run in the third quarter, this time from 74 yards out. The Eagles would finish up the game with 372 total rushing yards on 27 attempts.
“We ran the ball extremely well. I mean we had close to 400 hundred yards rushing in a loss and that’s nothing to sneeze at,” Dickerson said.
The big rushes were not enough for Richard Winn. Greenwood put up two more short touchdown scores, and ended the third quarter up 42-26.
“They ran their offense again, extremely well. Defensively they flew around to the football and really we never got a chance to get into a flow of things. When they made us have to drive, we never got a real good feel of what we could do,” Dickerson said.
Greenwood continued to pile on the Eagles, putting up the first two scores of the fourth quarter, all but ending the season for the Eagles.
Webb Yongue escaped for an 82-yard score near the end of the game, but there was just not enough time to mount a comeback.
The game ended, 56-34, with the scoreboard looking better than last match-up, but still finishing with the same result.
Now Dickerson and his coaching staff must look toward next season.
“Next year we’ve got to find two more offensive lineman. We have some excellent receivers in Bryant Carvalho and Mitchell Gibbons, so we’re going to just have to work to build around those guys,” he said.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.